I remember the first time I read Genesis 5:21-24 and really understood it! It was a couple years ago when I began my journey through the Bible from cover to cover. The words of these simple verses impacted me in a HUGE way! I highlighted them, twice. I've meditated on them many times. I am truly in awe of Enoch's life!
Who in the world is Enoch, you ask?
Let me introduce you.
"When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived 365 years. Enoch walked with God; then he was no more because God took him away."
I positively get chills reading these verses!
If you haven't read the previous verses in Genesis, let me explain why these touch me in such a mighty way. Genesis 5:1-32 tells us about Adam and a child from each generation to follow, up to Noah. There's Adam, Seth, Enosh, Kenan, and so on. The number of years each man lived is recorded.
"Altogether, Adam lived 930 years, and then he died." (5:5)
Altogether, Seth lived 912 years, and then he died." (5:8)
Altogether, Enosh lived 905 years, and then he died." (5:11)
You get the picture. Each man lived the number of years God allowed and then he died. Because everyone dies, right?
Look at the verses I quoted above about Enoch. Enoch was "no more, because God took him away."
Amazing! No one else in the whole lineage, including Adam, was spared death. Every one of them died.
Why did God take Enoch away?
I don't think we'll ever know for certain, but God wanted to make it clear that Enoch was a man who loved God! Twice we read that "Enoch walked with God." God was the real deal to Enoch and he obviously honored God with his life. Yes, other men in the Bible get a lot more exposure. Sure, we don't readily recognize Enoch's name when it's mentioned.
But Enoch walked with God! And God apparently thought that was such a great thing that He didn't want Enoch to die in the normal, human way. Instead, God took Enoch away!
I think the greatest thing I could possibly ever want written on my tombstone is, "Michelle walked with God." To walk with God is to love Him with all your heart, soul, mind and body. It is to recognize that He alone is God and there is no other. It is to acknowledge that I am a sinner and only by the blood of God's only Son, Jesus Christ, can I be saved. It is to believe with every fiber of my being that God is exactly who He says He is in the Bible.
Enoch walked with God.
Me too, Lord!! Me too!